Jesus WAS religious

The video that is circulating out on the interwebs, especially facebook, with the young guy saying that Jesus wasn’t religous is wrong.  Simple.  He’s wrong.  It’s not a terrible video, but the young guy misses the point in several places due to a lot of false dichotomies.

If you look at James 1:27, you’ll see that Jesus was religous.

Anyways, wanted to use the platform, no matter how small an audience it reaches, to direct you to another video that really should catch fire, no pun intended.


Check it.  Have a great Friday y’all!

I recently had a “conversation” on facebook with a friend, whom I care for greatly.   Our conversation was on abortion.  It was brief and very apolitical.  She said in the courser of our conversation that there are some “good (justifiable) reasons for abortion” and “very negative reasons”.   I explained to her that I consider abortion wrong in every instance and would get back to her shortly with “my story” to explain why I felt so.

Abortion is messy.  It’s wrong, but like most things in life, it’s messy.  We know in our heart that killing a human in the womb is against all things that are right.  I can also acknowledge that making a choice like keeping a baby to grow to term, like most right decisions, is often extremely difficult.

So how does my story apply to this topic.  Well, here you are….

B., our first daughter, is born. Belinda, my wife, wanted to have her baptized. I had no idea what that meant or entailed, but I played along. I even professed my faith in front of the Methodist church in Highland Springs, without really meaning a word. However, that was the first place that I began to see the love of Christ in people through our pastor.

Two years later, we had K., our second daughter….life was good.

Two years later, we got pregnant again with C., my son. We had extra testing done on C.’s pregnancy. Things were fine.

One day the doctors asked Belinda to take an amniocentesis. She was dead set against it. I tell you the rest of this story to illustrate three points. One, how wretched and self centered of a sinner I was, and we all can be at times. Two, to show how big God’s grace is. Three, to let you see how much poor Belinda puts up with. I essentially forced Belinda to take the test. I looked at her lying on the cold, steel table and said, “Belinda, you need to take this test. If we have a special needs child, our marriage won’t take it.”  In essence I was saying that if C. has “issues” it’s best to kill him than to accept the awesome gift God has blessed us with in our third child, my only son!

 God knew what was going on. The test came back fine. Think of that for a minute. God was completely in control. He knew the strife that a funky amnio test would cause. It came back clean.

Fast forward to present day. C. is here, no thanks to me, but to God alone. C. does have special needs, but my life would be so much less without him. He is my dude, and I love him. His special needs have also helped illuminate the passage in 2 Corinthians where Paul is talking about the thorn he has and God telling him that His grace is sufficient.

Now many may say, “Well that’s fine for you Chris, but you don’t know how hard it is for me.”  Or, “I’m only pregnant because of some terrible thing that happened.”  I hear you, and I understand how hard your difficulties must be, BUT life is life is life.

If I decided that having a son like C. was  too difficult after he was born because he couldn’t talk until he was about 2, can’t walk now without assistive technology, or couldn’t go to the bathroom until a few months ago, would it be ok to kill him?  NO, of course not! 

If my dying grandmother, who lived for about a year with severe dementia, placed a burden on our family more that what we could handle, would it be ok to kill her?  Nope!

Please hear me.  I will not invoke politics here.  I will only invoke our consciences and the one and only God that gave us that conscience.  Killing a baby because it is inconvenient, no matter how difficult the circumstances, is wrong.  As the Lord says in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”

Let me insert some pictures I came across recently to illustrate my point.  Life with C., HAS been more difficult than with most kids.  But I count him a blessing that I almost missed because I was open to the idea of killing him before he even was born.  You’ll see in the pictures below that C. is awesome!

Now, I know that people will still say, “You just don’t understand.”  Or, “C. is relatively healthy.”  You might be right!  If you’ve stayed with me this long, please watch the below video of a family that knew long before their first child was born that he would probably die shortly after he was born.  Listen to how the couple praises the God of life throughout one of the toughest storms a family can have.

Do we as Americans have the “right” to kill our babies in their mothers’ wombs?  Yes.  Is it ever right?  Simply put, no.

The Jesus Inquest by Charles Foster is A Case for Christ on intellectual steroids.

Foster writes the book as two lawyers, X and Y.  X is arguing against the resurrection of Christ, while Y argues for the resurrection.

The style of Foster’s writing is very indepth if not to the point of being a little cold.  The details on both sides of the arguments presented are almost overwhelming.  However, Y’s case comes out the winner time and time again.  This doesn’t seem to be a device of Foster’s, but the evidence seems to bolster Y’s case better than the claims of X.

This is not a book you would just pick up and finish over a weekend.  The arguments of both sides are steeped in plenty of data, which leads you to really have to take time to digest what you just read.

X’s arguments are very interesting, but not convincing.  However, I wouldn’t recommend this book to a new believer in Christ.  Some of X’s claims could be very damaging to a foundation of someone’s faith if they weren’t diligent to pay attention to what X is saying and take the time to read why Y refutes even the most difficult of X’s premises.

I would recommend this book, but just know it’s not going to be a quick, easy to swallow read.

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Atheist Friday

Today will start what I hope starts a long string of posts on Fridays that directly address what I often hear from folks, typically atheists, when discussing man’s depravity and how Jesus is the only true Savior from our sin. 

 I don’t do this just to rattle anyone’s cage but to get atheists to really examine their logic, as it’s flawed.  I truly love atheists.  I care about them so much that I don’t want them to go to hell for eternity.

A popular argument that atheists use is the one of relativism.  It goes like something like this, “Well, that might be true for you, but not for me.”  Or, “You can’t tell others what’s true for them.”  The easisest way to refute this is to ask, “Do you believe in absolute truth?”   Or say, “Frankly, it doesn’t matter what you believe.  It only matters if what you believe is true.”

I came across a video that I believe shows how absurd relativism is but in a fun way.  Check it out.

I welcome comments here, from atheists and believers alike.  I will do my best to answer all comers honestly and gracefully.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Gabe Lyons takes the task of explaining how a new brand of Christians is emerging and turning the definition of what it means to be a Christian on its head in his book The Next Christians

To be frank, I never really got that interested in his claims because in the third chapter, Gabe describes Christians’ interaction with the world as separatist or cultural.  Under each of those headings are descriptions of people that are complete one sided characterizations of people that are so slanted that they could only exist in the extreme world of pushing an agenda.  I feel that Mr. Lyons takes a lot of time of constructing straw men to knock down in order to bring his other category, restorers, into the limelight.

It’s no doubt that Mr. Lyons takes a lot of time in researching his assertions, but his assertions come off as him pushing an agenda while he’s claiming that he’s doing nothing but making observations.

Didn’t like it at all.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Richmond Ice Rink Fun

Rett Copple really knows how to stir up some fun at the Richmond Ice Rink.  About halfway through this video you’ll notice that the police officer wants in on the fun too.  Happy Friday everyone!

It’s come to my attention, especially recently, that the church is filled with people that marvel AND scoff at the littlest effort put forth to follow Jesus’ commands. 

Let’s examine the marveling first.  Over the past month, I’ve had countless people come up to me and tell me that I’m a real rebel, hero, etc. because Ron and I were kicked out of a stupid shopping mall for spreading the Gospel.  Now don’t get me wrong here, Ron and I both appreciate all the local brothers and sisters that have stood behind us in support, however, eventhough we have suffered slightly for being obedient to the great commission, we haven’t suffered at any level close to those that are being challenged daily simply because they claim Christ as their King. 

The internet is filled with stories of brothers and sisters being shunned, maimed, tortured, or killed because they follow the Lord.  The Colonial Heights Police were called to maintain order during our ordeal, but here’s a story about 70 Christians being arrested for simply being Christians in an organized effort by the Iranian goverment.  Ron and I may have suffered a little bit of embarrassment for our ridiculous ordeal, but here’s a story of a brother that had his hand cut off by muslims because they didn’t like some questions he put on a test he wrote.  You get the point.  People are suffering great harm and loss around the world by simply being obedient to the commands of Christ.

So what does this have to do with the American church being easily amazed at simple stands made by people truly trying to do what Christ told them to do in His Word?  Well…just that!  We’re too simply amazed.  Christ did not give commands and follow them with, “If you feel led to do so” or “If you have enough time in your day.”  NO!  He said that if you love Him you will do what He commands! 

Brothers and sisters, I beg of you to please read your Bible, understand what Christ tells us to do, and then do it!  We face VERY little chance of having to risk much to be a true follower here in the US.  What might happen?  Someone might laugh at you?  You might lose some friends or family?  Darn right you will, but you will be being obedient to the One who knew you before time began!

The other reaction that I’ve run in to recently that I’d like to briefly examine is the idea of holding in contempt or scoffing at someone for stepping out and following the commands of Christ. 

I’ve heard that someone  questioned Ron and my allegiance to our families because we intentionally entered a situation that might limit our families’ ability to shop!  Seriously?!?  I couldn’t give a rat’s behind if I NEVER was able to shop in the entire city of Colonial Heights if it is because I’m serving my King who died for me!

Let me be clear, I never share the Gospel to get a rise out of someone.  I share the Gospel because Christ commands us all to do so.  Will the Gospel usually get a rise out of someone?  Yep.  First Corinthians says that the cross is folly to the unsaved.  Folly!  Of course people are going to laugh at and mock you.  The Bible says so.

So what’s the point?  I believe that as American believers we should save our awe for brothers and sisters that are risking property, life, and limb every day for being believers.  I also believe that we shouldn’t scoff at folks that look or act differently because they are following through on the Lord’s commands.

I will end with this quote from John 15:20 “Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’  If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”  I could be wrong, but Jesus seems to promising struggle if we’re obedient.  Interesting promise.  Interesting indeed!